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28 Outstanding Young Asian Future Leaders Express Their Thoughts on ASEAN’s Role in Asia and the Global Economy (PDF Type, 1 mByte)

July 05, 2013

28 Outstanding Young Asian Future Leaders Express Their Thoughts on ASEAN’s Role in Asia and the Global Economy

– The 12th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative students believe enhanced connectivity, closer cooperation and greater integration will bring many benefits to ASEAN countries –

Bangkok, July 52013 – Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501) today announced that it hosted the press conference on 4 July for the 12th Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI) students who shared their thoughts and recommendations under the theme ‘The Road Ahead: ASEAN’s Role in Asia and the Global Economy’. The event, held in Bangkok from July 1 to 5, 2013, sees the gathering of key regional politicians and thought leaders to speak on the said subject.

A regional corporate social responsibility program by Hitachi, Ltd., HYLI has, for the past 17 years, provided young people with a platform to exchange ideas on pressing issues in Asia.

HYLI brings together the brightest 28 students from seven participating countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan, who have shown potential to become leaders.

After interaction with the distinguished speakers on the first two days, the students conducted three days of intensive workshops and expressed their ideas on the theme ‘The Road Ahead: ASEAN’s Role in Asia and the Global Economy’, as well as sub-themes ‘AEC 2015: What can ASEAN really expect? Asia’s significance in the global economy’ and ‘Connectivity: The driver of ASEAN competitiveness’. They also participated in field trips, community activities and a cultural tour that enhanced their understanding of the themes.

“We are delighted to see our future Asian leaders taking ownership of the current issues affecting the ASEAN region by working together with their fellow HYLI students to propose solutions that have the potential to inspire positive change,” said Ms. Yukiko Araki, Executive General Manager CSR Division, Hitachi, Ltd.

“HYLI has not only given me the chance to voice my ideas on how and in which ways I would like to see my country developing, but also fostered cross-cultural understanding among our friends in Asian countries,” said Mr. Aekarak Sethi, one of the 12th HYLI students from Thailand.

About Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative (HYLI)

The “Hitachi Young Leaders Initiative” (HYLI) is a community relations programme that aims to identify and nurture potential Asian leaders by bringing them together to discuss regional issues with influential government officials, prominent business leaders, academics and NGO representatives. Since its inauguration in Singapore in 1996, the HYLI has been successful in bringing the best and brightest students in Asia together. Currently, the seven HYLI participating countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. The initiative offers student participants a unique platform to broaden their outlook on regional and global issues while promoting Asian values and cross-cultural understanding. For more information, please visit

About Hitachi Asia Ltd.

Hitachi Asia Ltd., a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., was established in Singapore in 1989 and operates across seven Asian countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam). Business includes information systems, power and industrial systems and digital media systems. For more information about Hitachi Asia, please visit

About Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) consolidated revenues totalled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes information and telecommunication systems, power systems, industrial, transportation and urban development systems, as well as the sophisticated materials and key devices that support them. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at


Corporate Communications Group, Hitachi Asia Ltd.